Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane has joked that Cristiano Ronaldo would not be the player he was today if it wasn't for him.
The Republic of Ireland assistant manager shared a dressing room with the three-time Ballon d'Or for two years before Keane departed the club for Celtic in 2005.
Ronaldo scooped his first Ballon d'Or while still at Old Trafford before joining Real Madrid in 2009 and going on to become their all-time record goalscorer.
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The Portuguese superstar recently said Keane was always screaming at him in training. However, the 44-year-old says he rarely had to shout at United number seven.
Speaking ahead of Ireland's crucial Euro 2016 play-off first leg with Bosnia, Keane told the Irish Independent: "I made him... only for me he wouldn't be where he is.
"Different players have different traits... who you shout out, who you don't. I didn't shout at Ronaldo that much... I didn't have to."
Ronaldo's career has gone on a quite unbelievable tangent since he first moved to Old Trafford as a teenager.
The Real Madrid superstar has won every trophy possible at club level and is still going strong at the Bernabeu.
However, following Sunday evening's 3-2 defeat to Sevilla, it seemed sections of the Spanish media were turning on Ronaldo.
The Portuguese winger did not cover himself in glory having seemingly punched a Sevilla player, snubbed Sergio Ramos and failed to pass when his teammates were in a better position on a tough night for Los Blancos.
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